Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Illustration Nation

This Thursday, my friend Matt Busch will be having the premiere of his documentary film Illustration Nation, which shows his adventures trotting around the globe promoting the book How To Draw Star Wars. I'll let him tell ya:


ROYAL OAK-- Detroit's own international artist, Matt Busch will be debuting his next independent movie, ILLUSTRATION NATION, at the Main Art Movie Theater in Royal Oak on November 20th at 7pm.

The film follows the real-life adventures of Busch around the world on a promotional tour for the New York Times best-seller You Can draw Star Wars from Lucasfilm and DK Publishing. From George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch, through the heart of Hollywood, to the streets of fantastical Tokyo, ILLUSTRATION NATION is an uncensored look at fandom and the pop culture industry that drives it. The pulse-pounding documentary also features rare cameos ranging from Anthony Daniels (Star Wars) to Gene Simmons (KISS, Family Jewels) to adult film legend Seka.

The movie covers the last two years of travels, fresh off the heels of Busch's first independent movie, Conjure, a supernatural thriller which shattered records in the indie horror scene. Since then, Busch has created over a dozen video shorts, tutorials based on the book You Can Draw Star Wars, which have also broken records with online viewing, gaining more than one million plays on MySpace alone.

Busch is mostly known for his vibrant paintings, and has been called the "Rock Star Of Illustration." Aside from all the books, magazines, and posters from a 'galaxy far, far away,' he has also worked on numerous Hollywood properties like Lord Of The Rings, Night Of The Living Dead, and Indiana Jones. Busch's work is also highly sought after in the music world, with clients ranging from Ozzy Osbourne to Foo Fighters to Jessica Simpson. Currently on his drawing desk are new designs for the 2009 line of Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts.

The ILLUSTRATION NATION premiere will be an event hosted by Busch at the Main Art in royal Oak on November 20th. Admission is $9.25. Short films and animations will screen at 7 pm. Busch will introduce the feature presentation at 7:30 pm, the running time being 1 hr 57 min. A Meet and Greet with the cast will commence after the screening in the Main Art's side lobby, followed by an after-party at Mr. B's on Main St. All are welcome. Please note that ILLUSTRATION NATION is Not rated by the MPAA, and is not suitable for children.

Matt was kind enough to give me  a couple of these very cool VIP passes to attend the event and below is the official postcard advertising the event.
I'm told by Matt that I have a split second appearance in a scene from when we were at the San Diego Comic con in 2007. My first thoughts were, 'oh, no.....'

It should be fun.

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